*LaVar Ball told ESPN that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, which puts to rest any speculation that his youngest son LaMelo will play college basketball, reports ESPN.
The vision now is for both to play on the same team overseas.
“I don’t care about the money,” LaVar Ball said Thursday morning. “I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”
Ball pulled LiAngelo from UCLA earlier in the week and told ESPN that he was frustrated that the school hadn’t made a final determination on the length of his son’s suspension following an arrest for shoplifting while in China last month.
Ball said earlier this week that the plan was still for LaMelo, who withdrew from Chino Hills (California) High School early in his junior season, to play at UCLA in two years. However, Papa Ball told ESPN that will no longer be the case.
“He’s not going to play college basketball,” Ball said Thursday.
Gaines, who also represents the eldest of the Ball brothers, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, has been speaking to various overseas clubs about LiAngelo and LaMelo. Sources told ESPN that several teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest.
“I don’t know the deals and who is offering what,” LaVar Ball said. “I’m letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again.”
Ball said he will likely spend time wherever his two youngest sons wind up playing, and he also intends to have their uncles go over and help.
“There will be three people with them all the time,” Ball said. “I’ll go back and forth and probably stay out there a while at first.”